Institutions Division

The Santa Barbara County Probation Department operates one 24-hour maximum security juvenile hall.  The Susan J. Gionfriddo Juvenile Justice Center is located in Santa Maria.  This facility houses up to 140 male and female youth.  These youth may be awaiting Juvenile Court proceedings, serving a court ordered commitment in the juvenile hall or awaiting transportation to placement.  Offenders range in age from 10 through 18 and are detained for offenses that range from misdemeanors to felonies.  The average length of stay in 2017 for most youth was less than 18 days. 

The Department operates Los Prietos Boys Camp which is located in the Los Padres National Forest.  The Los Prietos program is a 24-hour minimum security facility.  Los Prietos Boys Camp was established in 1944 and currently houses up to 50 youth.

Client with EM hardwareThe Probation Department maintains various home detention programs as alternatives to detention for juvenile offenders.  These programs include:  Global Positioning Satellite (GPS), Electronic Monitoring (EM), house arrest, and home supervision.